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Archive for May, 2020

Expanding the RSDG team with a new recruitment process and new specialist role

By Jonathan Cooper, on 13 May 2020

The UCL Research Software Development Group, founded in 2012, was the first of its kind, and is one of the leading university-based research programming groups in the UK. We work across college developing high-quality software, collaborating with world-leading scientists, engineers and scholars from all research domains, within UCL and beyond. Whether this means using Python to build up a database of ancient Sumerian writings, parallelising Fortran codes for surface catalysis simulations, creating an online system to develop and evaluate models of heart cells, analysing live healthcare data within hospitals, or designing and building a big data image processing library in C++11 and Python, we do it all. Given the variety of areas in which we work, and the regular turnover of new projects, we welcome a wide range of backgrounds and technical skill sets. The most important attribute is an enthusiasm for reproducible, reliable and sustainable computational research!

The team is friendly and diverse, with over 20 members, and we are looking to expand further. Two vacancies are confirmed, but we intend to recruit more than this if we get a good field of candidates. All our positions are permanent, on open-ended contracts, and enjoy good opportunities for personal development and career progression within the group, in both technical and managerial tracks.

Our first vacancy is for a generalist research software developer (or RSE), at either entry or senior level. Job descriptions for both grades are given, and you should state in your application which you consider best fits you. For more details check out the full advert. The closing date is 11th June 2020, with interviews taking place using Microsoft Teams from 22nd – 24th June. The salary range is from £35,965 to £52,701 per annum depending on grade.

Our second vacancy is for a specialist in web application development. This is a growing area of demand for us, with more projects requiring research software to be deployed as interactive web applications. We are particularly seeking a front-end web developer able to produce both attractive and functional solutions, but a desire to engage deeply with the research community is key – we work with people, not requirements specifications. Again, check out the full advert for more details. The closing date for this position is 12th June 2020, and the salary range is £35,965 to £43,470 per annum. Interviews will be via Microsoft Teams in the first part of the week commencing 29th June.